“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Ps. 36:1)
Woe to you, pastors and “priests,” for you have taken away the key to knowledge! (Luke 11:52) What is the key to knowledge? The fear of the Lord! How have you removed the fear of God from before believers’ eyes? You have promised them His Spirit, freedom, and security in their eternal salvation where there was none! Your teaching has spread like gangrene, resulting in believers willfully trampling the Son of God underfoot all while they pridefully insult the Spirit of grace and treat as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them. (Heb. 10:29)
How instrumental is the fear of the Lord to your salvation? Simple, you won’t attain it without it! Without a fear of the Lord, you:
- Do not know God, lack Godly wisdom and biblical understanding. (Prov. 1:7, Prov. 2:1-6)
- Remain full of pride, exhibit no humility. (Prov. 11:2)
- Have no contentment. (Prov. 19:23)
- Cannot walk uprightly in God’s eyes. (Prov. 14:2)
- Continue to walk in sin and darkness. (Prov. 3:26)
- Cannot hate evil, shun evil, or avoid evil. (Prov. 8:13, Prov.14:16, Prov. 16:6)
- Have no life — remain spiritually dead. (Prov. 19:23a, Prov. 14:27)
It goes without saying that if you believe God, then the fear of the Lord is paramount in coming to know Him! But how can “the fear of the Lord” possibly apply with this false teaching so prevalently heard within the church today? It can’t! Pastors are promising believers eternal paradise without obedience to His Word! You must understand, fearing the consequence of rejecting His Word, is the fear of the Lord! If you come up with a belief system that “promises salvation” through any way other than wholeheartedly following Christ’s teaching, then you remove the fear of the Lord from before believers’ eyes! How can a people believing the grace of God to be a license for immorality escape God’s wrath? (Jude 1:4) They surely won’t! (Mal. 2:17) How can a people who are unaware as to the role obedience played in the crucifixion of Jesus, ever come to know Him? (John 6:38, John 8:29, John 8:55, Heb. 5:8-9) They can’t! How can a people who think that “loving the Lord,” is ANYTHING other than obeying His Word, ever going to win eternal life? They won’t! That according to God — (John 14:23-24).
“But I started a church in Somalia,” and “I’ve given thousands of dollars to Christian ministries,” and “I’ve been on dozens of ‘missions’ trips all over the world!” Good for you, that is wonderful. And I mean that. But remember Ananias and Sapphira! (Acts 5:1-11) Without completely giving your life to Christ, none of those good deeds will suffice for the cost of your salvation! (Luke 14:25-35) You cannot give enough time or money to earn His gift of salvation, it’s a wholehearted devotion to God that counts and nothing else can/will suffice. God doesn’t want all your money; He wants ALL your heart so that your heart no longer treasures money! Only then can you serve His will. (Luke 18:22, Matt. 6:21-24) “But I’m a Christian,” you say. And, “If I’m a Christian, then I’m a child of God,” you say. Hmmm… a Christian and a child of God — two things that we can so easily claim ourselves to be. But what does God say? (2 Cor. 10:18) Do you know the “red-neck” jokes? Follow me in a little foolishness…
When you see Jesus as the forgiveness for all your continued willful, deliberate sins, rather than seeing Jesus as the freedom from your bondage to sin, you might be a Christian. When you see Jesus as having done “all the work” for you, rather than seeing Jesus as the perfect demonstration as to how one walks obediently out of love for God (being the Way that you must model your life after), you might be a Christian. When you are simply seeking salvation, rather than seeking His kingdom, you might be a Christian. When you simply desire to be accepted into His Light, rather than LIVING in His Light, you might be a Christian. When you hunger for the blessings of God, rather than hunger for God Himself, you might be Christian. When your “eternal security” rests in the title you bear, rather than in exhibiting the humility of Christ, you might be a Christian. When you are unaware of the difference between believing IN God and believing God, you might be a Christian. When you mistake, “accepting Christ as your Savior,” for giving your life to Christ, you might be a Christian. Of course, there are many others, but one more for now… when you believe that you can commit idolatry and still be accepted by God, if you name that idol, “Jesus,” you might be a Christian.
So, you are a Christian, are you? That’s fantastic. Do you think that that title is going to earn you something? Because, according to God’s Word, it won’t! (Rom. 2:5-11) I know that according to your pastor it will, but whom are you going to place your trust in? Trusting that you can be confident in your salvation through any means other than by obeying the Truth in God’s Word, is to believe that circumcision of the flesh will suffice just the same for a circumcision of the heart. According to God, it won’t! (Jer. 9:25)
Here is a trustworthy statement that deserves full acceptance: If your religion, church, or pastor is NOT teaching that living with a fear of the consequence of rejecting God’s commands is the beginning of your coming to know the Lord, then your religion is worthless! Furthermore, if your religion/church attempts to remove the fear of the Lord (the beginning of knowledge) from its teaching, then your religion/church is delivering Satan’s deception! The only source of freedom from living in fear of everything of this world is living with a fear of the Lord. Fear the Lord, fear nothing else — no fear of God, fear everything else. So, thanks to the devil, what has the church done? It has removed the fear of the Lord from its teaching, producing a new wave of “Christians” that love human praise more than praise from God.
Today, the church has adjusted its “teaching” to fit with the times that we live in. A godless culture embracing the devil’s perception of “love” will never accept the Truth in God’s Word as anything other than hate speech. Is your church standing against the societal pressures of being politically correct and brave enough to deliver the Truth regarding the fear of the Lord and the crucial role that it plays in coming to know God? No Truth, no fear. No fear, no knowledge of God. No knowledge of God, no salvation. Exclamation point! Fear the Lord! (Luke 12:4-5)
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